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Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 6th - St Nicholas

Patron Saint of Children.

St. Nicholas was a Roman Catholic bishop who helped the needy. After his death the legend of his gift-giving grew and he transformed into the legendary character 'Santa Clause'. On his feast day we pray for children. St. Nicholas was born in what is now Turkey in 280 AD and died on December 6th, 343. He became an orphan at the age of nine and went on to study philosophy and Christian doctrine. He was considered quite a troublemaker by Emperor Diocletian, who wanted him to stop preaching Christianity, and was jailed twice for his evangelization. Nicholas was known for his generosity and there are many legends about him. One story tells how he helped three poor sisters. Their father did not have enough money to pay their dowries and thought of selling them into servitude. Three times, St. Nicholas secretly went to their house at night and put a bag of money inside. The man used the money so that one of his daughters could marry. On the third visit, the man saw St. Nicholas and thanked him for his kindness. He also reportedly saved three men who were falsely imprisoned and sentenced to death.

Challenge: This month who can you be generous to without them knowing it was you? Give it a go.